To fit or not to fit… that is the questions

Choosing a kitchen that is right for you isn’t always as straight forward as most people think. There are a lot of things to consider as the market provides buyers with myriad choices.

Worth considering, is whether you’ll attempt to install your kitchen yourself… or hire in a contractors to do the job. The obvious benefits of hiring is having the job done quickly and to a professional standards. However, it’s not always as easy as selecting a contractor. If you don’t already know of a trusted kitchen fitter, then we recommend talking to your friends and family… maybe they know someone who is trustworthy. If this isn’t possible, look through local phone books, business directories and online. Get more than one quote; therefore contact a handful of prospective contractors and ask them to price the work needed. Be sure to carefully compare the quotes you receive as you need to be sure you’re making like-for-like comparisons. Be equally wary of very cheap quotes and overly expensive ones and try to work out an average prices for the work that is to be done.

Ask your prospective contractors to provide you with a portfolio of their work. If possible, contact their previous customers and have an informal chat about the experience they had and the quality of work provided. Look on review websites, there are more than a few and they can provide valuable insight into procuring a contractor for your kitchen install.

If you decide to do the work yourself, you may achieve a significant cost saving… but be careful as this is not always the case. Ask yourself: How long is this going to take me; what is my hourly rate? Do I have the tools — will i need to buy some? A hidden cost is your own time! Many people neglect to consider this. Will you need to take time off from work to fit your kitchen? If so… are you making a saving by doing so? If you don’t have tools… then this can be a significant added expense also! Regarding tools… do you have the knowledge and experience to use specialized tools? If not, how long will it take you to learn? Will you need someone to help you complete the work? Will they need to be paid?

With D.I.Y projects like this, many see the benefits of doing the work them self… but fail to realize to total cost when comparing with a hired professional.

Costs vary greatly and depend largely on the type of kitchen one purchase. Also… the size of the kitchen will also bear significant with regard to costs. Prepare to spend multiple thousands of dollars for a basic and small kitchen. Scale from there if you’re looking to install a big kitchen. The larger projects can easily stretch into the 10s or even 100s of thousands of dollars. Always prepare a budget and try to stick to it! However, be sure to factor in over spend as it is likely your project will go over budget.

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